gender voice variants

Broome, Karen Karen.Broome at
Tue Dec 18 18:22:48 CET 2012

If the accent influences intelligibility…. We would have a potential need for this in dubbing of motion picture content.


Karen Broome

From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Phillips, Addison
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2012 9:04 PM
To: Peter Constable
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Subject: Re: gender voice variants

It doesn't sound like a valid use to me: it's not a language variation.

I could see it as an additional private use ID or as part of an extension used in a format like SSML. But I have a hard time thinking of it as a language variation. What next? Accent?


Addison Phillips
Globalization Architect (Lab126)
Chair (W3C I18N WG)

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Peter Constable <petercon at> wrote:
I was thinking about this the other day dealing with the male/female voice variants for Nokia Maps. I don’t recall that anyone has ever proposed variant subtags for male voice vs. female voice for use on speech assets. (I suppose child voice might be another relevant variant.) Does it seem appropriate to handle these voice distinctions via variant subtags on a language tag?

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